Three arrested for drink driving, third case in a month

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jaipur
  • Updated: Jul 31, 2016 21:24 IST
Policemen inspect a BMW car that rammed into an auto rickshaw on July 2 and killed three people on the spot. (HT File Photo/ Prabhakar Sharma)

Three men were arrested for rash and drink driving in Jaipur late on Saturday night from near the University of Rajasthan. The accused were allegedly trying to escape some minibus drivers after a quarrel. They lost control over the speeding car and nearly hit a police control room (PCR) van before the vehicle overturned.

This is the third case of drink driving in July. Earlier, Siddharth Maharia, son of an independent MLA Nand Kishor had rammed his BMW car into an autorickshaw on July 2, killing three people and injuring several people, including policemen. On July 24, 25-year-old Jaipur advocate Uday Sharma had lost control over his car near Mansarover, killing one and injuring two labourers. Both Maharia and Sharma were driving in inebriated condition.

Police have lodged a complaint against the three men, all employees of a private company in Jhalana, under the relevant sections of the Police Act and the Motor Vehicles Act for endangering life or personal safety of others, rash and drink driving. They, however, let off a woman, who was also in the car.

According to the police, the men had stopped to refuel their Tata Safari car where they entered into a brawl with some minibus drivers. Soon, the confrontation spiraled into a serious fight and the drivers called in few more associates and started chasing the men, who managed to flee on their car.

Station house officer (SHO) of Jaipur’s accident police station (east), Hawa Singh, said the men tried to accelerate on seeing a PCR van.

“The driver tried to turn the car to evade the police, but lost control and the car overturned. All the people travelling in the car were drunk. In the breathalyzer test, 118 mg of alcohol was found per 100 mg of blood in driver Akul Bhutani,” said Singh. The permissible limit is around 30 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood.

The three men have been released on bail and a chargesheet will be prepared in the case soon, the SHO said.

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